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Me Tarzan, you Jane, that Talinum paniculatum
After each flower wilts, a perfectly round, 1/8 inch (3 mm) diameter, seed pod forms. The plant itself is an excellent foil for this display. You'll only need to buy seeds once. Plant Bio: Jewels of Opar, Oregonlive.com, May 22, 2008,http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2008/05/plant_bio_jewels_of_opar.html"Ophir,"...
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Hummingbird Magnet: Coronado Hyssop
And, their nectar-rich blooms have attracted hummingbirds too!Perennial Coronado Hyssop is hardy to USDA zones 4b to 8b andThe silver/gray foliage has a pleasant fragrance and delights anyone who runs their hand along the stems for a sniff.
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Drought messed with my garden this summer
My little grandson Nicholas loved all tomatoes, especially the cherry species, which we always had for breakfast.If I could only have enough fall tomatoes for canning them as pickles, that would be great and unexpected after this drought,weather will...
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A Visit to Southern California (and Lots of Cool Plants!)
It has made me see the need for resource conservation and going forward, I'll try to make more informed plant choices when I'm making purchases in the future.The main thing being, matching the plant to the area.
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High Chaparral: Salvia clevelandii
(Several cultivars, including ‘Winnifred Gilman', apparently only get about 3' tall, however.) It enjoys full sun and well-drained soil.The flowers are odd-looking but extremely beautiful and very attractive to butterflies, hummingbirds and bees.
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Last Ride of the Silver Sage
After several years of rough treatment, my old, lonefinally succumbed recently. It probably got tired of the frequent transplanting, the collie lifting his leg over it, and the slugs chomping on it.
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Bamboozling Bambi
The rest of the year is spent using myriad tricks and methods to convince the terrestrial variety to roam elsewhere. That iswhere the gardener runs full speed, arms flailing, expletives erupting, eyes bulging, toward the 'invading' deer, who obliges by...
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A Burning Question: Why Grow a Gas Plant?
Dictamnus, commonly known as a gas plant, is an interesting specimen to include in your perennial garden. It often draws comments initially because it is a very lovely and unusual plant, no longer commonly found in garden centers.
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Conserving Water in the garden with Rain Barrels
Next, Sandra likes to use a rasp to soften those sharp edges. Through these difficulties, we learn that as gardeners, we need to be prepared for anything. You can use a whole saw drill bit which is like a round tube with teeth (works best) or a paddle...
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Garden Styles: Xeriscape
Amend your soil to provide a similar environment. Whether you plan to completely redesign your landscape, or just implement a few xeriscaped areas, hydrozoning is key. Drought-resistant plants are usually sun-loving, so they will thrive in that brutally...
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Salvia spathacea: Crimson Pitcher Sage
The trail grades from chaparral to woodland. Crimson pitcher sage is recommended for Sunset zones 7-9 and 14-24. It is tolerant of regular watering.'Confetti' has yellow and red flowers on the same plant;'Kawatre' is hardy to USDA zone 8 and has magenta...
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Drought Tolerant Rose Types: Are There Rose Plants That Resist Drought
It is a matter of us thinking and planning out garden areas to help the conditions these plants are subject to be in. Many of thewill do well in such conditions also. In fact, many of the species roses and old garden roses are tolerant of varying climatic...
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An introduction to Aloe Flowers, part 4 of 5: Aloes S-Z
The following is a continued alphabetical listing, as an introduction to this species many floral presentations as witnessed in Southern California. This pictorial article is the 4th of an alphabetical introduction to some of the most magnificent flowering...
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The Malibu Natives: Coastal Sage Scrub
There was some brushy, rugged country just beyond her apartment building. At least in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, coastal sage scrub is found on clay soil derived from shale and chaparral is found on sandy soil derived from sandstone or igneous...
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Colorado Demonstration Gardens: Xeriscaped Gardens
If you put an iris next to a nasturtium, you are bound to do one of three things: overwater the iris, underwater the nasturtium, or kill both. That doesn't sound all that boring, right?When you really get down to it though, xeriscaping does mean planting...
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Not Your Everyday Perennials: Bear\'s Breeches and Japanese Wood Poppy
Bear's Breeches will grow from fresh seed or 2-3 inch root cuttings, but a word of warning: it can and will expand to fill the space around it, so be vigilant with this striking beauty.
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Sunflowers on the Beach
Water until they are well established, after which they require no irrigation except in extreme drought. Expect the sunny flowers to be in bloom year round in tropical areas and all summer long in areas with freezing winter temperatures.Leaves are simple,...
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Outwitting Backyard Creatures: Bulbs & Plants They Hate!
Gardeners have long battled (and lost many skirmishes) against marauding wildlife. Numerous home remedies are reputed to keep critters at bay, and an entire industry has created all sorts of commercial products that claim to repel animals and protect...
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Fuchsia-Flowering Gooseberry
His prize plant is the fuchsia-flowering gooseberry. Supplemental water is not necessary but moderate water can be given to keep the plant from going dormant in summer. Red flowers dangle like many earrings from a glossy-leaved shrub.
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Salvia leucophylla: Purple Sage
The plant is very drought tolerant and not tolerant of damp conditions. It sounds like a place where nothing could grow, but the sage scrub is full of plant life. Purple sage is not cold tolerant and is recommended for Sunset zones 8-9, 14-17, and 19-24.
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Red Shank: Adenostoma sparsifolium
Another name for the plant is ribbon wood. The flowers are cream colored. The yellow-green foliage is the perfect contrast to the red bark. The plant provides four seasons of beauty with its red bark, evergreen foliage, and flowers that bloom when the...
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Salvia apiana: White Sage
You may want to wait to trim until that plant has gone to seed, for quail and small birds like the seeds.To propagate, sow seeds in March or April and plant out the seedlings in early summer.
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Winter Bloomer: Chaparral Currant
Blooming can start as early as December or January, and signals the very, very beginning of wildflower season. Berries start out red and turn blue. They are dry and tasteless.The big attraction for the plant is the flowers.
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Salvia mellifera: Black Sage
Beard' has grayer foliage and lower growth and is resistant to verticillium wilt.The seeds were eaten and the leaves used as flavoring by Native Californians. Trimming should be done after flowering.
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Check out CHIA - Super Seed Nutrition
Both contain all the essential amino acids, providing high qualityChia (and flax) contain monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). Increase energy and may reduce the risks for heart disease andh flaxseed, since the two...
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Opuntia, the Prickly Pears
It is estimated that 25% of the diet of deer in Texas consists of prickly pear pads. The young pads produce small leaves that quickly fall away. The fruits - the prickly pears - are usually fleshy.In spite of the spines, opuntias are a source of food...
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The Garlic of Polite Society
Crushed leaves repel fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes (and perhaps humans, as well) when rubbed on the skin. If foliage is damaged by cold temperature, cut it off at ground level. Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) is one such plant.
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Not Your Everyday Perennials: Bowman\'s Root and Silver Thistle
These plants will probably be varieties that you'll need to order (or special order from your local nursery), but the ones covered in this series over the next several articles will bring pleasure and interest to your gardens that will make the search...
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Check out CHIA - an Indigenous Food
Chias bland flavor and tiny size allows for great versatility and ease of incorporation into most foods.The natural antioxidants found in chia seeds allow them to be stored at room temperature.
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